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Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

Living in the information age we are constantly bombarded with distraction. Research has shown that productivity and decision- making capabilities become inhibited as the number of choices or the availability of information becomes greater. If taking strategic massive action has a direct correlation with producing results, we need to make that process as easy as possible.

A large study on grocery store product placement and consumer behavior found that having more choices of one particular product actually led to fewer overall sales of that product category. For this study a large grocery chain used […] Read more

5 Simple Strategies to Help You Win the Week

5 Simple Strategies to Help You Win the Week

1.  The Sunday Night Start

Take 10-15 minutes on Sunday night to make a list of the most important tasks or goals for the week. Then schedule them into your calendar.  This basic activity helps reset the tone for what needs to happen throughout the week.   When you wake up Monday morning you will already be prepared for what is required and be able to proactively control your day.  Make sure your calendar isn’t entirely booked.  There needs to be a bit of flexibility for challenges that may arise; however the scheduled tasks should keep you focused on what MUST […] Read more

Wisdom Vs. Knowledge

Wisdom Vs. Knowledge

Being wise doesn’t mean knowing everything.  In fact it is quite the opposite.  Often in “knowing” everything or assuming you know everything can give you a false sense of security, confidence and self reliance.

Being a “know-it- all” and “smart” can lead to dumb decisions or decisions that have a superficial outcome.  Sometimes we intentionally or unintentionally even, make decisions that align with our knowledge which in turn re-affirms our capabilities without looking at the entire decision at hand or the resulting consequences.

Know-it- alls always have an answer and have a tendency to need to prove this in all situations especially […] Read more

3 Essential Ways of Being

3 Essential Ways of Being

In my struggle to become a better leader, manager, and husband I’ve come to learn the importance of 3 Essential ways of Being:

1) Be Painfully Clear in my Communication
-to avoid mis communication
-to ensure expectations have been met
-maintain focus on a task or project

2) Be Attentive and Present to the Most Important Action (Not what I’m most excited about)
-Anything that is significant requires attention
-Understanding the consequences for not attending to something
-Discern where not to over attend to a situation

3) Be Patient
-You can’t conquer the world in 1 day
-Everyday you build.  It is a process.  Productive actions and small wins add up day […] Read more

What do you Value?

What do you Value?

In order to create a vision and make wise decisions a foundation of values must be established. Our values will predict our priorities. Certain overall values are consistent in all humans, weighing heavier in certain areas and lighter in others. In Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within”, he describes 6 Values that exist to some extent in all humans.

Certainty

-Is it not true that we require some sort of certainty in our life.   For some people they require certainty. When we take an action we expect a specific result. People who require a lot of control in their life put […] Read more

The Necessity of Self Reflection

The Necessity of Self Reflection

Are you dialed in? Have you every been going so fast, focusing on the next thing without slowing down and looking at what is happening around you?  This is one of my biggest areas of opportunities.  I’ve been so disciplined and focused on a goal to stop and look to see if I’m missing something or if my activities are the most efficient.  I’ve been in the boat of “busy” and feeling energetically drained without being productive.

Often in business we look at ways to grow. We look to maximize the revenue. A common issue arises when we focus so much […] Read more

Key Learning from My Latest Management Fail- Consistency

Key Learning from My Latest Management Fail- Consistency

Key Learning from Latest Management Fail- (The Importance of Consistency):

One of the most valuable things I’ve embraced is that failure without learning is doomed to repeat itself and that the only way to get better and breakthrough is to reflect on the situation and work to discover all the potential learning’s.

Jim Rohn calls it devastating when there is no lesson learned in a failure. I’m in a constant state of learning and quite recently have had to learn another lesson the hard way…from a failure. I had an employee that didn’t quite work out and decided to resign after only […] Read more

Your Personal Mission Statement

Your Personal Mission Statement

Your personal mission statement should be a powerful, one sentence declaration showing your commitment to a certain value and/or action. This statement will set a powerful intention for your year. A mission statement is something that exists in the present tense that you will carry for a duration of time.

Unlike a vision statement that forecasts your commitment to the future.

 

Eg. In 2015 I’m committed to growth in all areas of my life and leading myself and others while maintaining focus on what’s most important.

 

In this example, growth is the value that is held. Throughout the year the underlying tone of […] Read more

How to Make the Best Decision

How to Make the Best Decision

What is the wise thing to do based on:

 

1) Past experiences

2) Current situation

3) future hopes and dreams

 

What is the Wise thing to do?  In life and business we face many important decisions or choices everyday.  Some decisions are fairly simple and don’t have a significant impact others are far more meaningful and could effect years to come.

 

I was watching a talk given by Andy Stanley the other day.  He is someone I admire and respect as a teacher/leader/husband.  His talk was based around decision making. His premise helped simplify the often complex and challenging decision making process down to a […] Read more